Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group Shakes Up Senior Management Across U.K. TV Sister Companies

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Shine TV joint managing directors Jamie Munro and Karen Smith exit as changes take effect.

LONDON -- Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group is restructuring its senior management team to bring its Shine Group U.K. companies under the joint leadership of Henrietta Conrad and Jane Featherstone.

Shine TV joint managing directors Jamie Munro and Karen Smith step down from their roles and will not be replaced, the company said.

Princess Productions and Kudos chief executive’s Conrad and Featherstone will be tasked with joint responsibility for the U.K. as joint chairmen.

In addition to their current roles as CEOs of Kudos and Princess Productions, U.K.-based company Dragonfly will report to Featherstone who will continue to oversee comedy and drama labels Brown Eyed Boy and Lovely Day.

Shine TV will report into Conrad who also becomes its chief executive.

The move aims to provide greater opportunity for closer collaboration between the U.K. businesses and “to provide greater clarity of focus for each.”

The management shuffle will also see Shine TV enhance its focus on factual, factual entertainment and features genres with Kelly Webb-Lamb moving from Princess to become creative director, Shine TV.

All current factual, factual entertainment and features series at Princess will move under the Shine TV label.

Previous Princess Productions include output such as Got To Dance for Sky 1 and Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers for Channel 5.

Princess Productions will then focus on entertainment, comedy entertainment and daytime output, with Duncan Gray remaining as creative director and both new, and current, entertainment series at Shine TV coming under the Princess banner.

Both companies will collaborate closely on developments that cross genres.

Murdoch said: “This re-structure promotes centers of excellence, provides clarity for our partners, and increased opportunities for the production teams.”

Shine Group is the parent banner for 27 production companies across 12 countries including Metronome in the Nordic region, Shine Germany, Shine France, Shine Australia and Shine Iberia all set up within the last three years. Shine International, the group’s international sales arm is responsible distributes over 3000 hours of broadcast content annually.